Dec 30, 2012 7:00pm PST
. the fiscal cliff deadline is getting closer and closer, if lawmakers fail to reach a deal in time, our nation's top employers, the small businesses in our communities, will have some difficult decisions to make, with 2013, will it bring more economic opportunities or will the job market contract? stay with us. >> the looming fiscal cliff is leaving many small businesses in limbo in this country. some owners say uncertainty over potential tax hikes is keeping them from expanding and hiring new employees and analysts warn, that's a recipe for disaster in this already sluggish economy. anna kooiman joins us with more. many small businesses owners say they're kind of operating on the defensive right now. >> it's tough to plan. they're making decisions based on business coming in and the risk of losing it all. arthur cooper is concerned that the change in tax rates will hurt his ability to hire so he doesn't want to expand. >> when you don't know what the rules are, all right? and that's-- it's hard to be aggressive and it's hard to-- it's hard to be really resolute and you know, in your business
Dec 29, 2012 4:00pm PST
you very much. part of the looming fiscal cliff includes a painful dose of automatic spending cuts that would kick in just a few days from now. our military would be on the receiving end of a lot of it. a half trillion dollars in cuts over the next decade. it has a fancy name. it is called see -- sequestration. many warn of job losses and even the impact on the national security. now, the news on this from washington. >> harris, last friday when president obama rolled out his new plan for steering us away from the fiscal cliff there was a word he did not say. that word was sequester. it would cut $100 billion from the budget next year, half from domestic programs and half from defense programs. and now as the deadline draws close, experts are look at these cuts from a national security standpoint and warning one final time about their impact on the safety of our service members. >> it is going to affect the operational force that is deployed in terms of its you ability to maintain its equipment and get repair parts. that force is deployed around the world. it is not just the force
Dec 30, 2012 3:00pm PST
. >> republicans are firing back about how the grand ol' party is handling fiscal cliff negotiations. why they say the president needs to stop the blame game and start leading. fair and balanced debates when we come back. questions? anyone have occasional constipation, diarrhea, gas, bloating? yeah. one phillips' colon health probiotic cap each day helps defend against these digestive issues with three strains of good bacteria. approved! [ female announcer ] live the regular life. phillips'. >>> our continuing conference of the fiscal cliff in this special edition of the fox report. the saying during an interview today it's the house republicans to blocked any potential deal by refusing to accept tax hikes on the wealthiest americans. house speaker john boehner said, quote, americans elected president obama to lead, not cast blame. the president's comments to be are ironic as a theme of our negotiations was his unwillingness to agree to anyone that requires him to stand up to his own party. brad blakeman, former deputy assistant to george w. bush, debby dingle from mish michigan to talk about us.
Dec 23, 2012 4:00pm PST
much. lawmakers speaking out on this sunday about the looming fiscal cliff, at this moment the negotiations appear to be at a stand still, but we keep players in this on christmas break of course. and serious questions on whether compromise can be reached at all. as you probably know now, no deal would make a crippling amount of tax hikes and spending that could send us back into recession, you've heard that over and over. steve, at this point what are the chances that a grand bargain can still be struck? >> well, harris, it's possible, but getting less likely because it just really isn't a lot of time left. house speaker john boehner will be back next year and for now, he's thrown the ball into the democrats court and some republicans are saying the president isn't really trying to avoid that fiscal cliff. >> when i listen to the president, i think the president is eager to go over the cliff for political purposes. i think he sees a political victory at the bottom of the cliff. he gets all of this additional tax revenue for new programs and gets to cut the military which d